The Kia Seltos, the latest compact SUV from Kia Motors to be revealed is making a lot of noise on the other side of the world. We weren’t too keen on talking too much about the Kia Seltos. When the new Kia Seltos was revealed in India, there wasn’t a guarantee of a global release, and many of its features were still pretty tight-lipped. Regardless, Kia Motors made the Kia Seltos available for a pre-booking, or reservation, in mid-July 2019 and on the first day, the Seltos generated an overwhelming response of 6,046 reservations. The last we heard of a large preorder day like that was with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. If the Kia Seltos is that popular, maybe we’ll see it stateside after all.
“Getting such an overwhelming response from customers across the 160 cities where we are present, makes us elated. Our mid-SUV, the Seltos is BSVI compliant from day 1 and is available in both petrol and diesel, with both Manual and Automatic options in all powertrains, it makes it an attractive proposition…We are committed to the Indian market. With our most modern automotive plant having 3 lakh capacity, we are fully prepared to make on-time deliveries.” – Manohar Bhat, Vice President, and Head – Sales & Marketing, Kia Motors India
A global release is still not official, so we don’t know much about a starting MSRP for the Seltos if it were to be released in America, but we do know quite a bit based on the reservations and prior reveals. Interestingly, the Kia Seltos is broken down into a two trim series where each trim has several sub-types making up its place in the lineup. With three engine options and four different transmissions, the Seltos comes out to seven variants – four powered by the diesel engine (HTE, HTK+, HTX, HTX+) and three powered by a gasoline engine (GTK, GTX, GTX+).
The seven trims are as follows:
HTE comes with a 1.5-liter diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Notable features are LED mood lighting with sound effects, cruise control, smart key with push-button start. HTK+ is the same setup but adds on a six-speed torque converter, LED mood lighting with sound effects, cruise control, and smart key with push-button start. The HTX comes with a 1.5-liter diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and adds on some tech, including LED headlamps with DRLs, an LED light bar, LED fog lamps and tail-lamps, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheels, 7.0-inch multi-info display, UVO connectivity features, wireless charging, and USB ports for second row. HTX+ is an upgrade from HTX, adding a six-speed torque converter to the powertrain, and comes with an eight-way power adjustment for driver’s seat, an eight-speaker Bose stereo sound system, a 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, power sunroof, multiple drive modes, and front parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitor.
The Kia Seltos GTK can be powered by either a 1.5-litre gasoline engine or a 1.4-litre gasoline engine optimized with gasoline direct injection and paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Although the base of the gasoline variants, the GTK comes with LED headlamps, an LED light bar, LED fog lamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail-lamps, LED mood lighting with sound effects, steering mounted controls, and a smart key with push-button ignition. Both engine options are available on the GTX, with the option to get a continuously variable transmission instead of manual, and a dual-clutch transmission if going with the 1.4-litre gasoline engine with GDI. This trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch heads up display, 7.0-inch Multi-info display, 10.25-inch HD infotainment screen, UVO connectivity features, multiple drive modes, automatic climate control, and wireless charging. GTX+ comes with one option, 1.4-litre gasoline engine with GDI and six-speed manual transmission, but adds a Bose eight-speaker sound system, 8-way power driver’s seat, a power sunroof, 360-degree camera, ventilated seats, front parking sensors, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Will this compact SUV come to the states? Here’s hoping. Follow Miami Lakes Kia on social media to learn more.